Friday, February 5, 2016

Block 5 of Block of the Year DONE!

Finally.  This block actually took about 16 months to finish.  I don't work on it a lot, obviously, but my goal was to get at least one done a year.  Maybe by the time I retire I'll be able to finish this whole quilt.

Pattern:  Gingerbread House - Baltimore Christmas by Pearl P Pereira

I'm not a great hand applique person, but I learn as I go along.  I'm using the starch turn method and hand appliqueing it down.

I have not been doing much.  I have had that awful cold/cough that is going around.  I'm on week 2 and still not sleeping well because I cough all night.  Doctors just say to ride it out and come back if it's not better in a couple days.  Because I've been sick I haven't been able to visit my mother-in-law but she is home and is doing better.  Jeff said her memory is getting better.  Whew!  We were really worried.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Road to California Quilt show and one little Block of the Month

This past week I was able to attend the Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, California with 2 dear friends and always meet up with other friends while there.  This year I took a class from Helen from Sew Kind of Wonderful - the Quick Curve Ruler people.

Here's what I accomplished in the class.
Pay close attention now.  Here is what my friend Debbie and Kathy finished in class.

You notice it?  Someone didn't pay attention to the placement of her blocks or even the name of the pattern/class - Metro Rings.  Easy fix though.  Just have to be more careful when I get around to finishing the quilt which won't be for a while.  I have some other items that need to get finished first.  More on that later.

While at this lovely quilt show I saw many a beautiful quilt for inspiration.  Did I take a picture of any of them?  Well no, I forgot my camera and I didn't want to use all my memory on my phone for the photos.  I hope someone took pictures and posted them on their blogs.  You can see them there.  I've already seen both of the big winners on Facebook.  My friend Debbie (the one with the pink block above) entered a quilt at Road and got an Honorable Mention.  Pretty impressive.

I also did some damage to my pocketbook while there.
Some tools and other stuff that I bought.  The red bag was this years Road To California giveaway if you signed up for classes.

Here are the fabrics I picked up.  And some threads.  
And in one of the towns we stopped at on the way down to the show had a great little kitchen shop so I picked up a new frying pan.  We really needed another one.  I'm calling this my anniversary gift to my husband.  
When trying to find a place to put all my fabrics last night I realized that I will need to find a new method of organization.  I've gotten lazy and I've gotten more fabrics from when I first started this crazy hobby.  So in a week or so I'm going to take a whole weekend to re-organize my stash.  Then I'm going to prioritize the quilts that I have started that need to get finished.  I will not start another quilt until this is done.  (Except for the quilt that I have to start because I signed up for a class at guild.)  This is the only time I have had so many quilts started and unfinished that it's kind of giving me anxiety.

My mother-in-law is still in rehab.  The therapist and doctors will be meeting with my hubby and his dad on Monday or Tuesday to figure out the next step.  Her dementia is getting worse and I'm afraid she won't be able to come home.  We shall see.  Visiting her is always interesting.  What comes out of her mouth is either confusing or funny.  (However don't laugh out loud in front of her - she does not like that.)  I brought her a coloring book and some coloring pencils to see if she'd like to do that since she was an artist.  I don't know if she did anything on it yet.  I also read on a blog this morning and I pinned it but they are fidgit quilts made especially for alzheimer or dementia patients.  It wouldn't hurt since she is always playing with the blankets or her shirt when you talk to her.

Well that's all for now.  I've pinned my Easter quilt.  Once I finish my consignment quilt I've got under the needle I'll start on it.  

Oops, almost forgot.  Before I left for the show, I finished the January Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery block.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Finally - I've finished a couple quilts and another year-end list

The tops have been done for quite a while and they have been pinned since before Thanksgiving.  But I finally finished these 3 quilts.

The first one is my Farm Girl Vintage.  I participated in the Farm Girl Vintage sew along last year through Fat Quarter Shop and decided to use fabrics I already had.  These blocks are made from mostly some older Fig Tree fabric lines.

I also participated in a Twisted Blossom sew along through Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I used some Alison Glass Sun print fabrics I was hoarding.

And last but not least, it's the Christmas quilt.  The one I made for our guilds boutique (that was last October) that a lady requested the year before.  She contacted me before the boutique and I sent her a picture of the top - she said it was too pink and too small.  It covered my king sized bed.  I won't make one bigger. So this one will be on sale at the next boutique for anyone who wants it.

I'm currently machine quilting a quilt for a friend.  It's a blue work embroidery piece and I LOVE IT.  I hope I do her beautiful handwork justice.

I have been coming home late the last week because I stop at the hospital every day to visit my mother-in-law.  Last week Tuesday she fell and broke her hip.  She had surgery Thursday night and was moved to a rehabilitation center today.  She's 86 year old and is not very physically strong and hasn't been for a while.  Her mind has gone poor thing.  I hope this rehab can get her at least up to take care of herself.  My dear father-in-law spends the night with her at the hospital and my husband takes over in the morning so Al can go home and get some much needed rest.  I tried to take a few hours off their schedule this weekend but since I work full time, I just can't help more during the week.  But they seem to have worked it out.

I leave Wednesday morning for my annual trip with some buddies to the Road to California quilt show in Ontario, CA.  We stop at a couple stores on our way down and then two glorious days at the show.  We are all taking a Sew Kind of Wonderful class on Friday.  I have my stuff sort of packed.  At least some stuff is out and ready to be packed.  They luckily supply sewing machines so that is one less thing I need to worry about.

I'll check in when I get back and show you what I got and my class work.

Edited my post to add my list of quilts I want to make.  I updated it for 2016 but this was my final list of 2015.  There were some finishes there.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 Year In Review

When I started thinking about this years 'year in review' quilts, I was worried I didn't make that many.  I guess it's because I started thinking about what I want to enter in our local quilt show and I couldn't think of anything that I still owned that was show worthy.   But I was a busy girl this year I guess.

And most of the boutique items I made.  A couple I forgot to take pictures.

I had a great new years weekend sewing at a friends house.  I machine quilted 2 more quilts but am still sewing the binding down.  I'm almost done with the Christmas one too.  Maybe have that done by the end of this weekend.  However, I have been gone for the last couple weekends and my poor house has been neglected.  My Christmas decorations are still up.  Must get busy.  Tomorrow.

Thank you for looking and sticking with me another year.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas and Mysteries

Clue 5 is out for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Allietare  However, I'm still working on Clue 4.  Here is what I have done so far.  That thing called Christmas took up all my time this past week.  My pieces are turning out horribly and I must do the stitch and flip method from this point forward.  The angler rulers are just not working out for me.  Maybe I am one of those people that needs a line to stitch on.  I don't know. I'll make them work.

Every year my siblings and I exchange hand made ornaments.  They all outdid themselves again this year.

My sister Brenda made these.  Don't know how she did it but it's very cool.

And my sister Beverly made this from a glove.  So cute.

Not an ornament, but my brother made this frame for all of us.  He's become quite a great scroll saw-er.  
The picture of  Santa is actually my nephew Drew who interns at Staples Center for the Clippers.
These are the ornaments I made.

One for the 3 siblings and 2 for the oldest nephews.

This one is a card holder that I put together for my youngest nephew. 
And my husband gives me a Doxie collectible ornament each year.  This is the one for 2015.

I also received some lovely gifts.  My sisters have always been so great about stocking stuffers for me and they outdid themselves this year.  I spend the holiday with my dad and my brother and his wife and family.  We had a good time.  Always fun to be with family.

This is my niece horsing around with photo lab - after we watched Sound of Music.

My niece and nephew.  She loves to take selfies.

A little miss-hap with Christmas Eve dinner.  I don't want to embarrass anyone but ask my sister-in-law about this.  Not my story to tell.  :)  Guess what she's getting next year for Christmas.  

Here are some quick gifts that I made that I wasn't able to show before.
Made this for my sis-in-law Marcy.

Made this for Kevin and Lori.
This is the last of the Shabby Fabric Pillow of the Month covers.  
And today we had our Christmas with my step-daughter and her family.  I had a great time with the grands again.

Look what was in the stockings.  

Me and my little princess.

They love to play dress up.

The kinetic sand was fun for the kids and the parents.
Well that's enough for now.  I have some more cutting to do for Clue 4.  (I counted wrong on the corner pieces and I wanted to get at least that clue done this week before I leave for a New Years Eve weekend at the coast.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Allietare Mystery, Part 2 & 3 and some party pictures

I didn't post last week although I did finish my 2nd Clue.  The reason I'll explain later.  But for now - here are my Clues 2 and 3.  If you want more info on this mystery or want to see what other people's clues look like, please check out Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville's Clue 3 Link up Page.

I belong to a few friendship groups and this weekend the first one I joined and the biggest (16 members I think) had our Christmas party.  This group doesn't meet very often but we all keep in touch.  In the spring we meet to either trade for our challenge quilts or give progress reports and at Christmas, we reveal our challenges.  This past year we exchanged blocks.  Here's a link to the spring meeting where you can see the blocks we exchanged.  And below are some of the quilts (tops) that were made.  This was a slow year, only 5 of of us finished our tops.  But the finished ones are great.
Kathy Morrison wanted Crazy Quilt blocks.  

I asked for Easter blocks.

Carol asked for Crazy quilt blocks too.  She made a window of her blocks and does beautiful hand work.  I wish I took a close up.  

Anna wanted 4th of July blocks.

Deo got some Halloween blocks. 
Here's a group shop.  Back Row from Left to right:  Anna K., Elaine B., Debbie VF, Deolinda R. Carol C. and Diane M (hostess)
Front row - Janice M., Me, Adena J. and Kathy M.

Adena J. is almost finished with her blocks we exchanged in 2010.  Her goal this next year is to finish all her UFO's.  

Today 3 friends and I attended Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater and had a brunch and saw A Christmas Story.  I love the movie and watch it every year but I had never seen the musical play.  I LOVED IT!  Plus it's always fun to spend more time with friends.  Wish I could get more tickets for more friends.

So the reason I didn't post my mystery last week was that I did end up going to Irving Texas for 3 days for work/training.  Me and another bookkeeper from another local center, who I never met before, got to travel together (luckily we got along) and we were the first there Monday and had time to look around the area.  The hotel had a shuttle to Historical Downtown Grapevine - lots of restaurants and gift shops.   While there a friend that used to belong to the Material Girls friendship group and who moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw I was in town and met us at the restaurant for a drink.

Beth R. and I in Irving/Grapevine
 Everyone else got there so late they had time to get their room, sleep and start training in the morning.  Quick trip - now I'm ready to use the new program.  When they give me a user name and password.  Fingers crossed it will be next week.

I'm almost ready for Christmas.  I have one more box to mail out.  Hope you are all doing well.

My dogs are keeping warm.
Needle and Guy  (pardon the dust)

Thanks for looking.